Gas death: Forensic team to visit locality

Gas death: Forensic team to visit locality

TNN | Jan 12, 2015, 10.50 PM IST

KOLKATA: It’s been more than a week since Presidency University student Sumantika Banerjee died at her Arpulli Lane accommodation. But the police are yet to identify the gas that caused her death.

They, however, promised to give some clue on Tuesday when the central forensic team comes to Arpulli Lane for an inspection.

According to police, the Greater Calcutta Gas Supply Corporation (GCGSC) has claimed that its kit can detect the presence of three gases — methane, propane and hydrogen chloride. However, they have claimed that none was involved in the death.

“If you can smell gas in the area even three days after we stopped supply, you know that it cannot be ours,” argued an official.

The GCGSC, which admitted a leakage earlier, has now claimed that it has little to do with the death. “We spoke to Rama Chowdhury, Sumantika’s landlady, and she told us that her drain was clogged. We think this needs to be investigated too,” said the officer. KMC drainage officials who have already visited the spot have claimed though that the drain is not blocked.

With no clue leading them anywhere, police have been forced to wait for forensic opinion. “Even if we get a primary opinion on the nature of the gas, the viscera report will be crucial to arrive at a final conclusion,” said a top Lalbazar official.

Kolkata Police have sought the assistance of two central agencies — ONGC and the Central Forensic Science Laboratory — to identify the gas.

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